Surprisingly, the bird of paradise is easier to grow than many tropical plants and makes for a vigorous, rapidly growing indoor plant. It can be moved outside in the summer, and in warmer climes, it thrives for half the year outside. Bird of paradise typically flowers in the late winter or early spring, but under optimal conditions, it flowers at other times.
These plants grow with upright leaves emerging directly from the soil; there is no trunk. The large leaves range from 12 and 18 inches long, and they can shred when exposed to windy conditions or when brushed in a busy hallway.
|Botanical Name||Strelitzia reginae or Strelitzia nicolai|
|Common Name||Bird of paradise, crane flower,|
|Plant Type||Herbaceous perennial|
|Mature Size||3.5 to 6 feet tall and 3 to 4 feet wide|
|Sun Exposure||Full sun to part shade|
|Soil Type||Rich loam|
|Soil pH||Slightly acidic|
|Bloom Time||Late winter to early spring|
|Flower Color||Orange or white|